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Old 02-16-2020, 05:35 AM   #1
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So, as most of you probably don't know I've always been chasing a knuckle. Ever since I started riding old bikes I wanted a knuckle. This wasn't obtainable with the costs here in the UK, for me anyway, I mean it's a lot of money to drop for anybody, but here in the UK I only know of a very few people who have one.

I had the opportunity to get my hands on a 41EL, engine is rebuilt, frame is mint OEM and a springer. It arrived last Tuesday and I've been beavering away on it ever since.

Frame was raw metal and rusty, dressed a lot of the bronze and some joints down as they must have not cared about expense and just thrown it on there haha.

Dressed, tidied, zinc primer, better quality primer, 5 coats of black.


I'll add a few photos to this as I go along, I've kind of documented it, but with a little help I've put a lot of it together ready to final tighten etc since Thursday night.

Works to be done; Genny install, Sissy bar mount needs moving, exhausts, front end, wiring, mag needs a little work.

All of the above minus the mag is due to waiting on parts!

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Nice to see a big bike goin' away from 16" wheels!!!!!!
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:32 AM   #3
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Nice to see a big bike goin' away from 16" wheels!!!!!!
Patrick, I 'm really not a fan of them!

21/19, interestingly, I have a Jones front wheel coming, I believe it was made in 1919!
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Very cool

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Old 02-16-2020, 09:07 AM   #5
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I like where this is going, nice score.
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:08 PM   #6
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Done some more to her today.

I forgot how much I loathe getting fenders to fit, sit flush, sit centrally and just be a ball ache. Got my P pad bolted down. Sissy cross brace needs a little work to make her fit.

I gave the pipes a try on too.. very happy with them! all 60's survivor stuff.





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Old 02-16-2020, 06:22 PM   #7
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Did you say this just arrived last Tuesday?

Damn, you're moving fast and making great progress.

Love the white seat and p/pad.
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Thought I saw things on i.g. Glad you're so far along
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Very nice, rhys!

So you're not gonna get into the engine, or not far in? I guess you know & trust the PO, huh? Anyway: nice find, good purchase, I'm happy for your good fortune.

Does this make three bikes you've got -- the pan & flathead & now this -- or just two?
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Old 02-17-2020, 03:10 AM   #10
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Did you say this just arrived last Tuesday?

Damn, you're moving fast and making great progress.

Love the white seat and p/pad.
I started messing with it physically on Thursday! I'm studying for my final exams too so it's not like I've been on it non stop!

Yeah, had to go with white, going to get some old white waffle grips to finish it!!
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Very nice, rhys!

So you're not gonna get into the engine, or not far in? I guess you know & trust the PO, huh? Anyway: nice find, good purchase, I'm happy for your good fortune.

Does this make three bikes you've got -- the pan & flathead & now this -- or just two?
Thanks man!

Flatty will be parting ways with me shortly, unfortunately I'm not that financially able to keep both, as much as I'd love to of course!!

The engine has been fully rebuilt by Dan 'Bacon' Carr, builds solid motors, and has ZERO miles on it! Should be fun running her in!

Panhead was sold a few years back, again, would have loved to keep her but I needed cash to fund other things! Doesn't help I've just bought a house mind you!!
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Thought I saw things on i.g. Glad you're so far along
Ye bud, I've not hung around. Luckily from my good few years of messing and riding them I can put my hand to about 95% of what goes where!!
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Wonderful Rhys. I'm happy for you.
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:36 PM   #14
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Wonderful Rhys. I'm happy for you.
Thanks Mike!

It's nice having all the good old parts that fit together and don't take hours of heating, bending, manipulation etc to get to fit haha!
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Real nice. Got to love a knuckle chopper.
Simply the coolest.
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:22 PM   #16
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Id like it better if it was mine!


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Old 02-18-2020, 11:51 AM   #17
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Sweet work, thanks for posting up pictures and giving me a good chopper fix.
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Old 02-18-2020, 03:01 PM   #18
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Have exams this week so a little slow on the old uptake. I'm waiting on small parts now like bearing races, oil couplings etc, so can't make any more progress. Have a few little bits to put right, move the petcock as it doesn't fit with the engine top mount, braise a little hole in my rear pipe where somebody in the 60's held it tight with a spring. P-pad needs a little jigging.

Timed the mag last night and had to go through the gruelling procedure of doing a tooth a time, with the reg boss in place it's literally one tooth that allows it to fit @ 45 degrees.

Put the front end on to see what it's going to look like, also pic of my tank art!

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Old 02-18-2020, 09:04 PM   #19
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Cool bike and I really dig the pipes! Too bad you have to get rid off the flatty, that is a bitchin' ride as well. Well done!
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Old 02-19-2020, 01:37 AM   #20
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Flying along.
I like it.
are you painting the bars or there stainless?
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